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GI (Gastrointestinal) Soft Diet

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about a GI soft diet?

A GI soft diet is prescribed by your healthcare provider to allow your intestines (bowels) to heal. Your bowels may need it before a procedure, after surgery, or because of a medical condition. The food in a GI soft diet keeps your bowels from working too hard. The diet gives you nutrition while allowing your bowels time to heal or rest.

What foods can I eat on a GI soft diet?

Your healthcare provider may tell you to keep your fiber intake to less than 10 grams each day.

What foods should I avoid?

The following foods are hard to digest:

What else do I need to know about a GI soft diet?

A GI soft diet can decrease the amount of bowel movements you have. Drink liquids as directed to avoid constipation. Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Do not drink liquids with your meal. Wait until 30 minutes after your meal to drink liquids.

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You have the right to help plan your care. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare provider to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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